Tuesday, 26 June 2012

1929 Gibson L5 with 1971 neck and pickup


Sometimes it's good to just contemplate the most classic vintage electric guitar model, the Gibson L5 - here with a Johnny Smith replacement neck with beautiful inlays... My next guitar will be something like this (just 10 times cheaper)!


Bertram D

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5 comments:

  1. The Height of Elegance! ( Uh... just before the stock market CRASHED )

    The reason I'd like an archtop ( or 'thinline'? ) is when guests come over, often they just want to sing 'a' tune. Not a jam session or anything requiring a P.A just to do 'Crazy' or something for someone's birthday, anniversary etc.

    Now... if it turns into something a bit more? At least you're ready without the intrusion of an instrument swap out and I think for friends that are "three chord competent" ( this is a lot less intimidating ) IMHO

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  2. I've got a 1958 Framus Capri archtop acoustic, and it's my "go-to" instrument - it's what I instinctively pick up to try stuff out. Actually, I sent Gavin a photo of it a while back, along with the story of how I got it for £35, but I guess he's been busy... ;-)

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  3. Beautiful guitar. Though the volume knob on the pick guard is a tad distracting. Like a zit on your nose. I'd move it.

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    1. I see what you mean, but other than routing and running wiring -thru- the instrument this was the most feasible means. Besides, in this era the guitar was strictly to accompany, not perform lead and jazz "comping" is a short, restrained choppy strum.

      I also like the fact they're basically interchangeable.

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  4. I beg to differ, the knob on the pickguard is brilliant, it's like it should be!

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